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Comedian Shinji Maki commits suicide

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Japanese comedian Shinji Maki, famous for telling satirical stories while strumming a ukulele, committed suicide on Monday by jumping into the Tama River in Tokyo. He was 78.

According to police, witnesses saw Maki jump into the river at about 12:15 a.m., NTV reported. Police divers retrieved his body and took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Maki was popular in the 1970s and 1980s but suffered a stroke in 2002. He returned to his craft in 2009 after rehabilitation.

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Rest in Peace, Maki San.

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fascinating. rest in peace maki-san

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RIP. I hope you got the last laugh.

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Jumping into a river? That's a funny way to go.

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I've never tried, but I always saw jumping off bridges into (relatively) calm waters an unlikely way to do it mostly seen in movies. You have a really good chance of surviving the fall, and then you just, what, refrain from swimming until you sink?

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